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Details for Aug 15th Grand ReOpening

Last week in the What’s Happening, I covered what is coming up at the church once we fully reopen on August 15th. I hope you had a chance to read it. I want to provide…

Grand ReOpening August 15th

Our Grand (re)Opening is just around the corner on August 15th and I hope you are as excited as we are! Here are some of the things we will see with our Grand Opening. We…

If Only I Cared

In Mark 6:34 the passage speaks of how Jesus “had compassion” on the people because they were “like sheep without a shepherd,” so he taught and healed them. Compassion is a two-edged sword that cuts…

Does God even hear me? Does God care?

We’ve all been there; or will be. Someone you love has a terrible illness and you pray your heart out for them and have them on every prayer list you come across. But God does…

The Unforgiveable Sin

When Peter asked Jesus if forgiving another person “seven times” was sufficient, he responded with “seventy times seven” (Matt 18:22). The prodigal son (Luke 15) illustrates just how forgiving God is toward us wayward sons…

Accessing the Power of the Holy Spirit

This past Sunday I provided a “diagnosis” of many Christians based on Jesus’ “withdrawal” from us in His Ascension and that in the wake of this, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to comfort us and…

Feeling Distant From God?

A friend contacted me recently asking me how to deal with a feeling of distance from God and a loss of interest in going to church. Have you ever had this feeling—a feeling of being…

Who has the authority to appoint pastors

It’s been in the local news, our Bishop has written a pastoral letter, and the Wesley Covenant Association (WCA) has written a response. The story is about Mount Bethel UMC in Cobb County, the largest…

Eyes Were Opened and They Knew

From Adam and Eve, whose “eyes were opened, and they knew” (Gen 3:7) to Balaam when God “opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw” (Num 22:31) to Elisha’s servant when God “opened the eyes…

"Christ is risen, indeed!”

“Christ is risen!” “Christ is risen, indeed!” Join us this Sunday at our Easter Sunrise service at 7:00 AM on the labyrinth or in the sanctuary at 11:00 for our traditional worship as we celebrate…

Spring is the Season of Rebirth

Spring is the season of rebirth. More than ever, we need rebirth. A year of quarantine, a year of pandemic, a year of social distancing, a year of wearing masks, a year of not hugging…

Another New Covenant

I love the OT reading for this next Sunday. It is taken from Jeremiah 31:31-34 and talks about how God is going to make a new covenant with His people. Prior to Jeremiah, God had…

In-Person Is Back

In-person worship is back—hopefully for good! Beginning this Sunday, we will be meeting again for our 11:00 worship. All the details you need to know about this can be found below. Given much of the…

Looking Ahead

I hope you are excited about the church! I know I am. This pandemic just about has me worn out, but the end is in sight, and with cautious tiny steps we will see our…

In person plan

Good news folks! Our Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by Renee Baca, RN, met this past Sunday and after looking over the statistics related to COVID-19 in Gwinnett County, and the CDC guidelines, we plan…